Gazza Has A Good Chance

Everton manager Walter Smith is wondering whether to add Paul Gascoigne's ageing but still sublime artistry to the frenetic

Everton manager Walter Smith is wondering whether to add Paul Gascoigne's ageing but still sublime artistry to the frenetic

mix of the Merseyside derby against Liverpool tomorrow.

There are only a few certainties about the high-noon shoot-out at Goodison Park.

Both combatants will sweat blood to snatch the local bragging rights so early in the season.

Liverpool, having slipped up at home in a 1-1 Champions' League draw with Portugal's Boavista, are preparing for a battering from the Everton 'Bruise Brothers' Duncan Ferguson and Kevin Campbell.

Everton, knocked out of the Worthington Cup at Crystal Palace, will fear the striking talent of red-hot Michael Owen.

But the incomparable Gazza is also back on the scene and begging for a role to play in one of football's great biennial occasions.

The ex-Newcastle

man's recall at Selhurst Park was his first since November but he lasted the full two hours.

Smith said: "I thought

he did very well.

"I didn't expect him to last the full game plus extra-time considering how long he's been out.

"He still needs some sharpness but everybody was very pleased at his contribution."

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